Lieber Gustav 14 (Krigler 1914) starts out smelling like a good gin and tonic and then Shalimar eau de cologne. Then there’s a crisp, bold and very vintage lavender (English Lavender) note, and then it settles into a peppery, smooth, manly drydown of woody notes that to my nose are sweet sandalwood and elegant vetiver.
In the late drydown smoky, vanillic notes that remind me of cedar and patchouli take center stage. And, all the while, although it’s not listed I keep thinking I detect a fresh, almost seductive citrus hovering in the background (think gin and tonic with lemon mixed with Shalimar…).
Lieber Gustav was worn by Ernest Heminway, Marlene Dietrich in the 1930’s, and Zelda Fitzgerald purchased it for her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald who wore it while he wrote Tender is the Night. And while it may not be particularly unique in its individual notes the notes are very unique in their presentation…
Notes: leather, lavender, black tea and woody aromas.